Teddy Rooney, a Former Child Actor and a Son of Mickey Rooney, Dies at 66

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Teddy Rooney and his father, Mickey Rooney, in 1958's 'Andy Hardy Comes Home.'

He appeared with his father and mother, Martha Vickers, on the screen before becoming a musician.

Teddy Rooney, an actor, musician and a son of the late Mickey Rooney, has died. He was 66.

Rooney died Saturday in a convalescent home in Southern California after a long illness, his sister, Kelly, told The Hollywood Reporter.

His mother was model and actress Martha Vickers (The Big Sleep), the third of Mickey Rooney's eight wives. They were married from 1949-51.

Teddy Rooney appeared with his father as the son of his dad's legendary character (now a grown-up) in Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) and on a 1960 installment of General Electric Theater, and, earlier, he acted alongside his mom on a 1957 episode of another CBS anthology series, Playhouse 90.

He also starred in such films as It Happened to Jane (1959) with Doris Day and Jack Lemmon and Seven Ways From Sundown (1960) with Audie Murphy and on TV shows including Shirley Temple's Storybook, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Lassie and McHale's Navy.

Rooney left acting in the early 1960s to focus on a career as a musician. He played bass and sang with his brothers Mickey Jr. and Tim in the Columbia Records act The Rooney Brothers, and he was a member of the garage band The Yellow Payges.

He also served in the Vietnam War.

Survivors also include his wife, Carol, and children Shannon and Dominique

  

 

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